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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Dixie Stampede - Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

One of the most popular dinner theater attractions in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede, and this past Father's Day we took my husband there to celebrate.

When we first decided to attend Dixie Stampede I called to make reservations. The customer service agent on the phone was very nice, but I was a having a hard time picturing exactly where the available seats were and deciding whether or not they would be good seats. So instead of purchasing my tickets by phone, I ended up riding by Dixie Stampede to purchase my tickets in person, which was much easier.

When purchasing our tickets I was given the opportunity to purchase a drink ticket for $3. The drinks were to be served in a plastic boot shaped cup. Thinking this would be a great souvenir for my children I purchased three of these. I did not purchase drinks for my husband or myself.

When we arrived at Dixie Stampede the night of our show, we were able to enter with very little problems. After having our pictures taken, we entered what was called The Carriage Room. It reminded me of the bars that you would find in old western movies.

The Carriage Room is the area in which the pre-show entertainment is held. It also where you cash in the drink tickets. Popcorn, and other snacks are also available for purchase. My husband and I decided that we would like a drink and since I did not purchase drink tickets for us we ended up having to pay full price for the same drinks, which was $5 each instead of the $3.

The pre-show in the Carriage Room was very entertaining to me. It consisted of three male singers who played a variety of bluegrass and gospel songs. In fact, to me the pre-show was the most entertaining part of the evening.

Once the pre-show was over we entered the main theater for dinner and the show. We easily found our seats, and were greeted by our server, who immediately took our drink orders. While we waited for the show to start another employee came by to show us the pictures that were taken as we arrived.

Also, while we were waiting an employee came around selling flags. You could purchase either an American Flag or a Dixie Stampede Flags. We purchased the kids flags, thinking that they would be a part of the show but they were not.

I had read several reviews online for the Dixie Stampede and was worried how the food would be. Luckily I was worried for no reason at all, as the food was extremely good. I was surprised, but it was one of those good surprises.

The show itself was good. There were several parts of the show where the audience had the opportunity to participate. The kids really enjoyed the show, especially the horses. The highlight of the evening for my son was when one of the female horse riders gave him a carnation.

After the show, the audience is allowed to come down to the center arena where they can meet with the riders and pet the horses.

Here's What You Need To Know To Make The Best of Your Visit:
  • Tickets can be purchased online, over the phone, or in person.
  • Be sure to pre-pay for your Carriage Room drinks, as they cost more inside.
  • Dixie Stampede does not have silverware, as most of the food can be eaten with your hands.  We took each one of us a set of plastic silverware to use.
Here's How We Rated Our Trip to Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee:

We all really enjoyed our trip to Dixie Stampede, and are looking forward to visiting again during the Christmas Show.  The food was much better than we had anticipated, and our kids extremely enjoyed the show.

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